Water Wall's are rapidly becoming an established feature in many playgrounds or nurseries - and you can see why.
Being robust, interactive and ideal for social engagement they offer hours of fun!
Teachers use Water Wall's to their advantage in everyday teaching for early years and Key Stage 1-2. This is largely down to the fact children learn key scientific and social skills from them. When gathering around the wall it encourages children to solve problems, discover scientific principles, enhance maths, writing and verbal language. All major parts of the school curriculum.
Interactive elements of Newby Leisure's Water Wall include pumping water through the tubes allowing children to understand the values of flow and measure, rearranging the tubes to aid problem solving, being double-sided for groups to engage easier with the resource.
Learning through play is sometimes one of the best methods of education, especially in Early Years. Stimulating a child's mind can often be a difficult task, but where interactive play is concerned, it makes this process easier.
It has been proven that play-based learning allows children to pick up on key elements of educational practices. This is based on psychology of children believing they are playing, however, they simply learning naturally. Hence, the reason why Water Walls are popular in schools!
Do you have a Water Wall at your school or nursery?
Here's a few tips to maximise your Water Wall's play value:
- Add glitter to your Water Wall - This makes children curious as to where the glitter goes.
- Measuring Experiments - For example; How much water have we put in the wall? How much water is left at the bottom? Where has the rest of the water gone?
- Coloured Water Mixing - Similar to adding glitter, children will be fascinated with the change in colour of the tubes.
- Timing Games - Let children calculate how long it takes for the water to go from the top of the water wall to the bottom. Can the water go down faster?
- Develop Problem Solving - Move the guttering and hang it in different places to develop problem solving skills.
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